Three apples changed the world; one seduced Eve, one landed on Newton’s head and one was offered to the world, half-eaten, by Steve Jobs.
Last week, millions worldwide mourned the passing of a truly inspirational man. Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, was said to have died peacefully surrounded by family members. He was 56 years of age and had been fighting a form of pancreatic cancer.
Hiding behind a bristly beard and that ubiquitous pair of specs, Steve was a private but undoubtedly powerful and influential man whose contribution to the digital world will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time.
A round peg in a square hole, Steve was not one for respecting the status quo but instead channelled his energies into moving the human race forward. He did not just push boundaries; he repeatedly smashed through them and would have probably argued that, in fact, no boundaries existed at all.
“Sleep when you’re dead”, that’s what Steve would have said. Of course, he was undisputedly talented, gifted some may say, but it was a combination of his pluck, his passion and his persistence that made him one of the greatest innovators of our time. “Do your best at every job. Don’t sleep! Success generates more success so be hungry for it. Hire good people with a passion for excellence.” At just 25 years of age, Steve Jobs was worth over $100,000,000.
“I want to put a ding in the universe.”
Steve had always said that he just created the gadgets he wanted to use himself. Always thinking outside the box, always one step ahead of the game, Steve was an entrepreneurial wizard who gave us the products we didn’t know we wanted yet. “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” His creations revolutionised communication, connecting us and shaping our lifestyles in ways only a mastermind could have mustered up.
The recent arrival of the iPad 2, the launch of the iPhone 4S just one day before his death, and the proposed release of the iPhone 5 next summer are just 3 of the countless creations Jobs has left in his wake.
Last Wednesday, millions of Apple users across the globe would have read the sad news from the sleek touchscreens of Jobs’ very own designs – a true testimony to the international success of his work. Throughout the day and for the rest of the week, millions more would have logged in on iPhones and Macbooks to pay tribute to one of the world’s greatest technological visionaries.
Steve Jobs. The name will always be synonymous with cutting-edge innovation and inspiring business leadership. Apple may have lost its core, but the gains made through Steve’s digital revolution remain and the creative juices of Apple’s founder will continue to fuel the company and the future of technology for centuries to come.
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful – that’s what matters.”
He is a prime example of the powers of the individual, the extents of the imagination and the true meaning of commitment. I think it is safe to say that, when it came to giving the technological world a face lift and a firm push into the future, there was no better man for the job than Steve Jobs.